Everything you need to know about recharging an electric or plug-in hybrid car

 We address the key points of the process of recharging an electrified car; from where, how and when to recharge, to how much it costs to recharge and the safety of the operation.

Peugeot offers different charging solutions to suit all needs. It has also developed the MyPeugeot App that allows you to remotely check the charge or find the recharging points near your car; and ChargeMyCar from Free2Move Services, with a payment card that allows access to a network of more than 130,000 charging points in Europe. 

The ideal with an electrified car is to have a garage and charge the car as we do with the mobile. In a single-family home, you only have to adapt the power of the electrical installation. If it is community-based, the Horizontal Property Law (LPH) says that “the installation of an electric vehicle charging point for private use in the building's parking lot, when it is located in an individual garage space, will only require prior communication to the community".

There are three ways to recharge:

Standard. In a standard socket (with the 1.8 Kw, 8A cable for this effect). A Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 recharges more than 30% of its battery in one night with this system; and a plug-in hybrid, the 100% in less than 7 hours.

 Accelerated. With a reinforced socket (with the 3.2 Kw, 14A cable for this purpose), a Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 recharges more than 60% of its battery in one night and a plug-in hybrid charges the 100% in less than 4 hours.

Fast With a charging point, which further reduces recharging time. If it is 7.4 kW single-phase, you can recharge the battery of an electric 100% in 8 hours; and a plug-in hybrid in 1:45 hours. If it is three-phase 11 kW and you equip your Peugeot electric vehicle with the on-board charger of that power, the recharging time is reduced to 5 hours. PEUGEOT facilitates the installation of the charging point through the recommended GIC installer.

The infrastructure of public charging points continues to grow at an accelerated rate (there are already more than 225,000 in Europe). The keys to using them is to be able to locate nearby points and to be able to pay the recharge in them. Peugeot facilitates both tasks with the Free2Move Services ChargeMyCar app, which locates the charging points available and compatible with your vehicle, guides you to them, organizes itineraries and tracks your consumption; either from a smartphone or on the car screen. This service also offers a single payment card and a universal access solution to recharge your electric car at the largest European network of charging points.

Only up to 80% of full capacity can be recharged at a high-power public charging point, so as not to damage the battery. A Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 recharges the 80% from its autonomy in 2 hours (if it is 22 kW), in 1 hour (50 kW) and in half an hour (100 kW).

Some public charging points have a cable that we plug directly into the car, but others have a socket to which we must connect our own cable. You also need a cable to plug the car into a conventional socket (Schuko type). It is advisable to plug the cable into the charging point and then into the car; and do the opposite by unplugging it. And also store and roll it properly after each use.

There are three types of recharging cables for Peugeot electrified vehicles:

Reinforced Mode 2 Cable. Optimized for reinforced Green Up type sockets, it can supply up to 3.2 kW of power. It comes standard on Peugeot electric and hybrid vehicles.

Single Phase Mode 3 Cable. Optimized for private or public charging points, it can supply up to 7.4 kW of power.

Three-Phase Mode 3 Cable. Optimized for private or public charging points, it can supply up to 22 kW of power.

The Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 offer up to 340 km and 320 km (WLTP), respectively, of autonomy. This distance covers the needs of the vast majority of users (according to data from the INE *, motorists travel an average of 240 km per week in Spain) with a single weekly recharge.

Peugeot's plug-in hybrids have a range of up to 59 km (WLTP) in electric mode. With one of these models, we could travel the average daily 34.4 km that Spanish motorists do with a recharge every two days.

Recharging an electrified car is a completely safe operation. The charging stations, the sockets in the vehicle and on the charger, as well as the cables, are designed to offer safe charging in all conditions, even in the rain. All these components have a high degree of IP protection against dust and water. Additionally, the cable connectors lock during recharging to prevent accidents or theft.

How much does it cost to recharge an electric car? Exact rates vary based on many factors, but some benchmarks can be established. First of all, it is cheaper to recharge it at home than at a public point of payment (except, of course, those that are free). And in the latter, the fee is greatly reduced with a subscription service, such as ChargeMyCar from Free2Move Services.

At home, the rates are regulated by Royal Decree 216/2014, of March 28. The most appropriate to recharge an electric is the rate with supervalle hourly discrimination (2.0DHS). In supervalle hours, at night, there is a considerable reduction in consumption and prices are lower.

According to data from the Transparency Portal of the Spanish Electricity Network (ESIOS), the variable marketing cost is € 0.00167 / kWh (as of March 25, 2020). Checking the marketing prices of the main electricity companies, recharging a Peugeot e-208 and e-2008 in full can cost between 1.90 and 6.95 euros with the 2.0DHS rate *.

The difference in energy cost compared to a combustion equivalent is notable: between 0.55 and 2.04 euros of electrical energy per 100 kilometers for a Peugeot e-208 / e-2008, for 4.84 euros / 100 km of its diesel equivalent *).

* Fuel cost calculated based on a price of 1,170 euros / liter and an average consumption of 4.14 l / 100 km (Peugeot 208).

* Prices for recharging the battery of a Peugeot e-208 / e-2008 (50 KWh) based on the rates of Edp, Endesa, Hola Luz, Iberdrola and Lucera as of 03/23/2020.


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